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A Smattering of things….

deptford h.s. skate2

Located at Deptford Skating Center  510 Deptford Ave.   Westville, NJ 08093
For more information: click HERE and scroll down for the flier

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Tyler Arboretum Homeschool Days

WHAT: Visit the Arboretum for hands-on learning in an outdoor setting. Connect with other homeschool families in this program exclusively for you. Admission to the Arboretum is included; stay for just the program or for the entire day! Each program is aligned to PA state educational standards.

WHEN: 3rd Tuesday of each month

TIME: 10 – 11:30 am

WHERE: Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

WHO: This program is best suited for ages 5-12, but is open to all ages.

COST: $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Tutoring Services and a High School Logic Class

Somers Tutoring Services : Specializing in Classical Education

  • 30+ years of teaching and tutoring by certified teachers.
  • Education: BA Philosophy and History and a BS in Information Technology from UMASS, Masters in Teaching, and additional advanced graduate work in Philosophy. BA in Classics and history from Amherst College and a Masters of Education.
  • We are a father and mother of eight, classically homeschooling our own children.

We are here to help…

  • Do you need help teaching your child a difficult concept or subject?
  • Do you simply need a tutor for an older child while you work more with younger children?

We provide tutoring in…

  • Writing
  • English/Literature
  • Language Arts
  • Logic
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Natural Science/Biology
  • Study Skills
  • American/World History
  • Latin
  • Test Prep

*Bonus*!!!!!!!!!!!   This fall, we are offering a Logic course that is open to students 7th to 12th grade, taught by a seasoned classical educator who has both a BA and an MA in philosophy.

  • Registration for this class is NOW OPEN!

CALL John & Megan Somers at 610-291-2930 or EMAIL US at megansomers@gmail.com.  We offer in person tutoring.  Also, ask us about our online tutoring option and our other flexible options.

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A Great Pass for Downtown! 


WHAT:
 Start Exploring with Philadelphia’s Historic District Pass. The Pass is perfect
for first-time visitors and families with kids. It includes one-time admission to the
National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground; and two all-day Philly PHLASH passes.

COST: $18 for adults, $13 for youth (ages 4-12).

WHAT: New for 2017, Philadelphia’s Historic District: Museum Pass offers visitors “more to explore.” Perfect for return visitors and older kids, it includes one-time admission to
the African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish
History, and Philadelphia History Museum.

COST: $23 for adults, $17 for youth (ages 13-17).

Both Passes are available exclusively at the Independence Visitor Center.

Click HERE for more information.

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SAT PREP

WHAT: Is your student planning to take the SAT? Join PEPPER for SAT Prep Classes. Taught by an experienced SAT Tutor, this course will help prepare qualified upper level students for the verbal and mathematics sections of the SAT and the optional essay. Students will use Barron’s NEW SAT and should have completed both Algebra 1 and Geometry.

WHERE: Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA

WHEN: Wednesdays, 24 week course, beginning October 4th

TIME: 1:30-2:30 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Anne Hawthorn at anne@drhweb.net

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KIDSONG!!

WHAT: A wonderful 4 week opportunity for children to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving and creating. Children will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn World, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

WHERE: Cairn University 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047    Room MU 108 in the music building

WHEN: Tuesdays

TIME: 3:30-4:15 pm

WHO: 1st-4th grade- Oct. 3- Oct. 31 (no class Oct 17, Fall Break)

4th-8th grade- Nov. 14-Dec. 5

COST: $10 registration fee per child

FOR MORE INFORMATION: email Dr. Wolf at dwolf@cairn.edu or call (215)702-4323

 

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Calling All College Bound Homeschoolers

Don’t forget to enter the Wondern Awe Art Contest !

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Come join other homeschoolers for the
End of the Year Annual Homeschool Hangout! 

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All Graduating Homeschoolers are invited!

Greetings All,

On behalf of the Reach Higher Philly Committee, we would like to formally invite you to the 3rd Annual Reach Higher Philly College Signing Day on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center from 10:00am – 1:00pm. This event is aligned with Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative designed to celebrate ALL college-bound students and their commitment to complete their education beyond high school.

College Signing Day (Social Media)

Check out this Eventbrite link to register

and for more details!

(Homeschoolers would simply register under the parent and student spots.)

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Wondering How to Start Homeschooling?

Informational Meeting:  How to Start
Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Where:  Northeast Community Church  3300 Tyson Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19149

When:  Tuesday, May 16th, 2017; 6:30-8:30

Cost:  Free!

Why:  If you have any questions about how to start homeschooling, or just want to know more about it, this meeting will be helpful for you.

Please contact Angela Chung with any questions at angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com

**Please make note of the new location, due to elections held at the Northeast Library, the location was changed. **

Feel free to pass along to others!

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Wrapping up the 2016-2017 Homeschool Year

 

All Homeschoolers* in Philadelphia should have received an email or letter from the School District requesting homeschoolers to submit their “Home Schooling Evaluation Certification” by June 30th.   The “Home Schooling Evaluation Certification” is the form or letter provided by an evaluator after a student is evaluated.  If you did not receive an email or letter from the school district, please contact the Homeschooling Office via email at homeschooling@philasd.org.   Their phone # is 215-400-6695.

You can also click on this link (see below) to see a copy of the letter that was sent:

If you have questions about required paperwork in regard to homeschool law, HSLDA is always a great resource.  Their website is: HSLDA
Another great resource is Ask Pauline

*NOTE:  These “Home Schooling Evaluation Certifications” do not apply to students attending virtual charter schools.

Also if you have submitted a Notice of Intent to Homeschool (for students age 6 and 7) you are not required to summit a Home Schooling Evaluation Certification.

 

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Informational Meeting:  How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Where:  Northeast Community Church  3300 Tyson Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19149

When:  Tuesday, May 16th, 2017; 6:30-8:30

Cost:  Free!

Why:  If you have any questions about how to start homeschooling, or just want to know more about it, this meeting will be helpful for you.

**Please make note of the new location, due to elections held at the Northeast Library, the location was changed. **

Feel free to pass along to others!

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A Few Contests!

Don’t forget (this coming Tuesday, the 18th)
FREE Homeschool Futsal and Music Classes!

 

Open House Talking Stick

WHAT:  Open House at Talking Stick Learning Center

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19; 10am-12pm

WHERE:  The Garden Classroom at Awbury Arboretum (please look at directions in link below)

COST: FREE

FOR MORE INFO:  Open House

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2017 Student Book Scholars Contest

WHAT:  Attention young writers and artists! Have you ever wanted to create your own book? Well, here’s your chance!  You and your team could become published authors and win cool prizes! The theme for 2017 is Tolerance.  All entries submitted must incorporate the theme.
Form a group of 3-10 students and work together to write a 20-30 page book!

WHEN: Postmarked by July 30, 2017

AGES: K-8 and live in Greater Philadelphia, PA

COST: FREE!! (just shipping)

FOR MORE INFO: National Youth Foundation; Click HERE for contest rules!

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The Boxcar Children Voice Contest

WHAT:  To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Boxcar Children®, Albert Whitman & Company and Hammerhead Productions are sponsoring a nationwide contest to select a child between the ages of 5 and 14 to win a part in the animated movie Surprise Island, which is set to launch in fall 2017.

WHEN: now through April 22, 2017

AGES: 5-14

FOR MORE INFO: Voice Contest or check out the Facebook Page

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genius

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SAVE THE DATE: 

WHAT: How to start homeschooling in Philadelphia informational meeting

WHERE: Northeast Regional Library — Basement Meeting Room,  2228 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16; 6:30-8:30

COST: FREE!!

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED AS WE GET CLOSER!

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April Happenings: Part 2

Don’t forget to check out monthly homeschool classes

on the Classes page of the blog!

 

Don’t forget to RSVP for FREE Homeschool

Futsal and Music Classes!

 

 

Phil-Mont Christian Academy Home School Open House

WHAT:  The tours will be led by a Phil-Mont parent who is also a home schooler with co-op experience. She and members of our administrative team will be able to answer any questions you may have about combining Phil-Mont coursework with your home school curriculum.

WHEN: Thursday, April 20th 10am

WHERE: 35 Hillcrest Avenue Erdenheim, PA 19038

COST: FREE!

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE to register, or HERE for the school’s main page
or email Erin Livingston at erinlivs@gmail.com

 

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Philadelphia Science Festival

WHAT:  The Philadelphia Science Festival is a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April. Featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for all ages, the Festival aims to provide opportunities for all Philadelphians to positively engage with and build a community around science, engineering, and technology.

WHEN: Friday, April 21st- Saturday, April 29th; Click here for the Calendar .

Don’t miss Friday, April 28th at 730 pm: Philadelphians look towards the sky with dozens of telescopes and local astronomers at 24 locations across the region for one night only.

WHERE:  Throughout the city

COST: FREE!

AGES: all

FOR MORE INFO: Philadelphia Science Festival

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EarthFest 2017

WHAT: EarthFest is an outdoor educational celebration of Earth Day where the answers to so many questions about the environment, sustainability, healthy lifestyles, and protecting and preserving the planet are just an exploration away!

WHEN: Friday, April 28

TIME:  9:30 A.M. to 2 P.M. (rain or shine)

WHERE:  TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AMBLER CAMPUS 580 Meetinghouse Road Ambler, PA 19002

COST:  FREE!

AGES:   pre-K thru 12th

FOR MORE INFO: Click Here

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Sonia Kovalevsky Day

WHAT:  A day of mathematical activities at Temple University

WHEN: April 29th

TIME:  9am-3pm

WHERE:  Temple University  Tuttleman Learning Center 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue Philadelphia 19122

COST:  FREE!

AGES:   for young women in grades 5 through 8

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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Jonah: On Stage!

 

WHAT:  Get ready for a jaw-dropping adventure for the whole family as one of the Bible’s biggest stories comes to life! Filmed in front of a live audience, Sight & Sound Theatres’ hit musical, JONAH: ON STAGE! is a special one-night event in select cinemas Tuesday, May 2 only.

WHEN: One-night event in select cinemas Tuesday, May 2 only.

WHERE:  Click HERE to find a theater near you and purchase tickets

FOR MORE INFO:  Jonah: On Stage!

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SAVE THE DATE: 

WHAT: How to start homeschooling in Philadelphia informational meeting

WHERE: Northeast Regional Library — Basement Meeting Room,  2228 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16; 6:30-8:30

COST: FREE!!

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED AS WE GET CLOSER!

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April Happenings: Part 1

 

Sewing Classes:

The Sewing Room

WHAT:  Homeschool Sewing Club (hand sewing)

WHEN: Wednesdays, next 4 week session starts April 5th; Sign up at anytime

WHERE: The Sewing Room 703 West Ave. Jenkintown, Pa. 19046

TIME: 10-1200

COST: $100, includes all supplies

AGES: 5-9

WHAT:  Homeschool Sew Fun! (machine sewing)

WHEN: Wednesdays, next 4 week session starts April 5th, Sign up at anytime

WHERE: The Sewing Room 703 West Ave. Jenkintown, Pa. 19046

TIME: 1-3pm

COST: $100

AGES: 10-18

Check out their list of classes including a daytime one for 3-6 years old with a caregiver; other classes are offered also for 6 -18 years old

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Sewing Room

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Stitchers’ Dream

WHAT: Homeschool Sewing Class

WHEN: on-going Mondays, September thru June, start anytime

WHERE: Stitcher’s Dream  221 S. Easton Rd. Glenside, PA 19038

TIME: 10:30-12:30

COST: $15 per 2 hour session or $60 for 4 2-hour sessions

AGES: 9-18

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Homeschool Stitchers’ Dream, also take a look at General Class Information

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Classes with West Park Cultural Center

1.) Art Classes

What: Ceramics Class, 16 classes

Where: School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Avenue 19104

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays —  April 18th – June 6th

Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Ages:  7 – 18

Cost:  $50 (one-time fee) scholarships available

For More Info:  Please click  HERE

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2.)  Music Classes

What: Music Fundamentals/keyboard & percussion (beginners ages 10-15), 16 classes 

What: Music Ensemble (previous music experience ages 12-18), 16 classes

Where: School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Avenue 19104 

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays — April 18th – June 6th

Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Ages:  12 – 18

Cost: $50 (one-time fee) scholarships available

For More Info:  Please click HERE

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3.) Film Classes

What: Lights-Camera-Action/Film & Acting – make your own movie, 16 classes

Where: School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Avenue 19104 

When: Wednesdays & Thursdays — April 18th – June 6th

Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Ages:  12 – 18

Cost: $50 (one-time fee) scholarships available

For More Info:  Please click HERE

 

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SAVE THE DATE
Trial Homeschool Classes

What: Intro to Futsal and Intro to Music

When: Tuesday, April 18th

Cost: FREE!

For More Info:  More Information to Be Posted Soon!

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Quiet Valley “19th Century Days- A Day in the Life”

WHAT:  This program is designed to provide students ages 6‐18 with the opportunity to explore the lifestyle of a 19th century homestead. Each day features two workshop slots which include small and large animal husbandry … to carding, spinning and weaving.  Over 25 workshops are available.  They are all designed to meet the new Pennsylvania STEAM‐based educational curriculum guidelines. Click here to see a full list of workshops and here for a full list of presenter bios.

WHEN: April 21st & 22nd

TIME:  9:30am to 4:00pm

WHERE:  Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm , 347 Quiet Valley Rd • Stroudsburg, PA 18360

COST:  $12 for adults; $5 for children ages 3 – 12

AGES:  3 – adult

FOR MORE INFO:  click on this flyer: QVhomeschool2016

WEBSITE: 19th Century Days

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SAVE THE DATE: 

WHAT: How to start homeschooling in Philadelphia informational meeting

WHERE: Northeast Regional Library — Basement Meeting Room,  2228 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16; 6:30-8:30

COST: FREE!!

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED AS WE GET CLOSER!